She gone and done it now!
Josh Marshall at Toilet Paper Media:
Sharyl Attkisson is the former CBS News reporter who left the network over what she claimed was liberal bias. After her computer was allegedly hacked by someone in late 2012 (seemingly confirmed by a network investigation) she hinted that President Obama’s surveillance operatives might be behind it. Now she says Media Matters may have been paid to go after her because of her reporting on Benghazi and other rightwing bugaboos.
I’m sorry but Attkisson has some serious temperament issues.
Temperament? As in “hormonal?” So Josh, you’re saying that she’s PMSing or menopausal? That seems kinda sexist to me.
But wait! There’s more!
Erik Wemple at WaPo:
In an interview today with the Erik Wemple Blog, Media Matters President Bradley Beychok scoffed at the notion. “She seems a little bitter, a little upset that accountability for her reporting exists,” Beychok said.
As to the specific allegation that Media Matters had endowed a secret anti-Attkisson chair, Beychok replied, “We’ve never taken contributions to target her or any other reporter.” When asked whether donors had ever requested that Media Matters focus on a larger entity such as Fox News, Beychok replied, “I don’t want to get into it” but noted that the site is driven by the news cycle and the claims that conservative media organizations churn out.
The way Beychok sees it, Attkisson appears to be “auditioning for these right-wing smear sites” and argues that her claim about Media Matters, a 501(c)(3), is based on “zero amount of evidence.”
Former CBS reporter Sharyl Attkisson is augmenting her campaign to paint herself as a victim of liberal media bias with conspiratorial and false attacks on Media Matters.
Earlier this year Attkisson, who had been celebrated by conservative activists for her often shoddy reporting on the Obama administration, ended her two-decade career at CBS News. She has since made numerous media appearances, often on Fox News, claiming that her reporting had been curtailed by CBS managers who opposed critical reporting on the administration. As Media Matters noted last week, Attkisson has provided little to no evidence to support her broad claims that politics, rather than newsworthiness, was keeping her stories off CBS’ air.
Attkisson responded during an April 20 appearance on CNN’s Reliable Sources. After Attkisson claimed that there is a “campaign by those who really want to controversialize the reporting I do,” host Brian Stelter asked, “Media Matters has been campaigning against you and saying you’ve been inaccurate in your reporting, is that what they’re doing? They’re just trying to controversialize the issue?” Attkisson responded that she had been “targeted” by Media Matters and hinted at a motive, saying, “I don’t know if someone paid them to do it or they just took it on their own.” After Stelter asked her whether she really believed Media Matters had been paid to target her, she responded, “Perhaps, sure. I think that’s what some of these groups do, absolutely.”
Attkisson’s claims quickly found a ready audience on Fox News.
But Attkisson’s claims are false. Media Matters has never taken contributions to target her or any other reporter. We have published research on her reports on green energy and Obamacare, among other topics, when those reports have been inaccurate or misleading — the same standard to which we hold any other reporter.
Attkisson decided to float this conspiracy theory without any evidence during an appearance on a news program, suggesting that she doesn’t believe she needs to prove her contentions before bringing them to a national audience. If that was the reporting standard she sought to uphold at CBS News, it’s no wonder that her managers were unwilling to let her promote half-baked conspiracies on their airwaves.
(My BS detector went off when I read “Media Matters has never taken contributions to target her or any other reporter.” But DID YOU target her?)
Here’s Obamablogger Fat Ollie Willis:
"no sharyl, we can't say that." "no sharyl, you just imagined that." "sharyl, thats insane." - how i imagine attkisson's last yr w cbs went
— Oliver Willis (@owillis) April 21, 2014
"i dont think we have any time on cbs evening news to discuss the chip you claim obama put in your brain, sharyl."
— Oliver Willis (@owillis) April 21, 2014
Well there you have it. That witch is cray-cray! How on Earth did a loonytoons like her ever get a job at CBS in the first place? I bet it was her dad who got her the job. Either that or she slept her way to the top.
Attkisson began her broadcast journalism career in 1982 as a reporter at WUFT-TV, the PBS station in Gainesville, Florida. She later worked as an anchor and reporter at WTVX-TV Fort Pierce/West Palm Beach, Florida from 1982-85, WBNS-TV, the CBS affiliate in Columbus, Ohio from 1985-86, and WTVT Tampa, Florida (1986-90).
From 1990 to 1993, Attkisson was an anchor for CNN. She also was a key anchor for CBS space exploration coverage in 1993. Attkisson left CNN in 1993, moving to CBS, where she anchored the television news broadcast CBS News Up to the Minute and became an investigative correspondent based in Washington D.C. In addition, Attkisson served on the University of Florida’s Journalism College Advisory Board (1993-97) and was its chair in 1996. The University of Florida gave her an Outstanding Achievement Award in 1997. From 1997 to 2003, Attkisson simultaneously hosted CBS News Up to the Minute and the PBS Health news magazine HealthWeek.
Attkisson received an Investigative Reporters and Editors (I.R.E.) Finalist award for Dangerous Drugs in 2000. In 2001, Attkisson received an Investigative Emmy Award nomination for Firestone Tire Fiasco from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. In 2002, Attkisson co-authored a college textbook titled Writing Right for Broadcast and Internet News . That same year, Attkisson won a 2002 Emmy Award for her Investigative Journalism about the American Red Cross. The award was presented in New York City on Sept. 10, 2002. Attkisson was part of the CBS News team that received RTNDA-Edward R. Murrow Awards in 2005 for Overall Excellence.
In 2006, Attkisson served as Capitol Hill correspondent for CBS. That lead to her being one of a small number of female anchors covering the 2006 midterms. Attkisson was part of the CBS News team that received RTNDA-Edward R. Murrow Awards in 2008 for Overall Excellence. During the George W. Bush administration she exposed funding problems and in 2008 discovered that Hillary Clinton’s claim that she dodged sniper fire in Bosnia was unfounded. In 2009, Attkisson won an Investigative Emmy Award for Business and Financial Reporting for her exclusive reports on the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) and the bank bailout. The award was presented on December 7th at Fordham University’s Lincoln Center Campus in New York City.
Attkisson returned to the University of Florida as a key-note speaker at the College of Journalism and Communications in 2010. That same year, Attkisson received an Emmy Award nomination for her investigations into members of Congress, and she also received a 2010 Emmy Award nomination for her investigation into waste of tax dollars. In July 2011, Attkisson was nominated for an Emmy Award for her Follow the Money investigations into Congressional travel to the Copenhagen climate summit, and problems with aid to Haiti earthquake victims.
In 2012, CBS News accepted an Investigative Reporting Award given to Attkisson’s reporting on ATF’s Fast and Furious gunwalker controversy. The award was from Accuracy in Media, an American, non-profit news media watchdog group, and was presented at a Conservative Political Action Conference. In June 2012, Attkisson’s investigative reporting for the Gunwalker story also won the CBS Evening News the Radio and Television News Directors Association’s National Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence in Video Investigative Reporting. The award was presented October 8, 2012 in New York City. Additionally, in July 2012, Attkisson’s Gunwalker: Fast and Furious reporting received an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Investigative Journalism.
In 2012 Attkisson’s reporting on vaccines was criticized by medical experts such as David Gorski and Steven Salzberg as promoting pseudoscientific theories about an alleged link between autism and vaccines.
On 10 March 2014, Attkisson resigned from CBS News, reportedly due to frustration over what she perceived to be the network’s liberal bias and lack of dedication to investigative reporting, as well as issues she had with the network’s corporate partners. She is working on a book tentatively called Stonewalled: One Reporter’s Fight for Truth in Obama’s Washington regarding the difficulties of reporting critically about the administration.
One thing I have learned during the past six years is that the Vile Progs of Obamanation attack what they fear. One of their favorite techniques is destroying reputations, especially of women. Intelligent, successful married women like Sarah Palin, Megyn Kelly and Sharyl Attkisson are suddenly turned into airheaded bimbos.
This frenzied Vile Prog lynch mob going after Sharyl Attkisson tells me that they are terrified of what she will say. That’s why they are trying so hard to discredit her now.